Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Security Hospital Expansion and Renovation, Phase I
St. Peter, Minn.
The St. Peter Treatment Center is home to the Minnesota Security Hospital (MSH), a Department of Human Services facility for patients designated as mentally ill and dangerous. But after years of working around blind spots, corners, split-levels, and overall outdated facilities, MSH found that the existing layout was not conducive to good care, or patient and staff safety.
BWBR was selected to provide planning and design services from predesign through construction of a two-phased campus expansion and renovation. The plan promotes separation of MSH patient and Minnesota Sex Offender Program client populations, while improving safety, security, and efficiency for patients, staff, and visitors.
The first implemented phase added new highly secure facilities to the existing building, including acute care housing, a crisis care unit, and an evaluation unit. A new non-secure transition housing building and Campus Center provide all the required living and support spaces for persons transitioning to community placement. The facility is designed to Minnesota B3 Guidelines, a LEED-like program adapted for the State of Minnesota.
Size: 143,700 gross sq. ft.
Components: 40-bed acute care housing; 12-bed crisis unit; four-bed special housing unit; new non-secure, 48-bed MSH transition housing building and Campus Center, including treatment, medical, recreation, vocation, and pharmacy spaces for all patient populations